The Summer BreakSpot fills the nutrition gap during the summer by serving meals to children 18 years and younger so they can return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn.
Many children (more than 555,000) throughout South Florida rely on a nutritious breakfast and lunch through federal nutrition programs. During the summer, when school is not in session, these kids may not receive the proper sustenance they need to thrive and return to school ready to learn.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), through the Florida Department of Agriculture, aims to bridge the gap in meals during the summer.
Feeding South Florida is a proud sponsor of the program, providing more than 10,000 meals during the summer months.
Almost 1 million children in Florida are at risk of hunger during the summer while school is not in session. In South Florida alone, there are more than 240,000 children who don’t know from where they will get their next meal and more than 555,000 who rely on free or reduced meals during the school year. When school is not in session, access to these meals are diminished, leaving families having to find additional resources for food.
The Summer BreakSpot program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is run in local communities by qualifying nonprofit organizations like faith-based groups, child-care centers, parks, and others. The Summer BreakSpot fills the nutrition gap during the summer by serving meals to children 18 years and younger so they can return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn.
Feeding South Florida is a sponsor of the program. Meaning, we take on the fiscal and logistical responsibility for ensuring sites receive meals – free of charge!
Florida Meal sites are where children receive meals in a safe and supervised setting and may include faith-based organizations, schools, parks, housing projects, day camps or community centers. Breakfasts, lunches or snacks can be delivered daily to a site or prepared on-site depending on facility capabilities and resources. Sites can provide each child up to two free meals per day.
Meal sites work directly with Summer BreakSpot sponsors, such as a food bank (Feeding South Florida!) a school district, or large community organization, that are familiar with the necessary paperwork requirements.